It has been 11 years since the firebomb attack on a branch of Marfin Bank in downtown Athens, which led to the tragic deaths of three people and an unborn child.
“Eleven years since the killing of Paraskevi Zoulia, Angeliki Papathanasopoulou and Epameinondas Tsakalis. Eleven years since the black day that stigmatised Greek society,” Mitsotakis tweeted.
The three bank employees, 32-year-old Angeliki Papathanasopoulou who was then in her fourth month of pregnancy, Epaminondas Tsakalis, aged 36, and Paraskevi Zoulia, aged 35 – were working in the bank on Stadiou Street with another 25-30 colleagues while a protest against austerity measures was underway.
Rioters, whose identity have yet to be confirmed, threw fire bombs into the bank and started a fire while people were still inside. Most managed to get out and five were rescued by the fire brigade once it was able to get through the protest, but the tragic victims of the incident were trapped and died of smoke inhalation.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias also marked the 11-year anniversary.
Dendias tweeted an image of the plaque commemorating the victims of what he described as a “criminal act.”
The Athens Prosecutor’s Office recently ordered a new investigation into the firebombing following the emergence of new evidence.